Google is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The company began in small garage in Menlo Park, California, and it was founded by two Sanford students. Today, Google has eight products with over a billion users, and owns the dominant search engine, browser, and a mobile operating system.
The company revolutionized how consumers access information and how advertisers access consumers. Through artificial intelligence, Google can track your real-time location, recognize your voice, and can even see your emails, search patterns and YouTube views.
“They have a lot of information on us and only now realize how much data how much power they have over the average user,” says CNET’s Roger Cheng.
At a Senate hearing this week, Google’s Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright said the company does not sell personal information, and admits it made mistakes in the past.
Those mistakes include a record FTC penalty in 2012 for how it served targeted ads, and more recently, concerns over developer access to Gmail accounts, location tracking and automatic sign-in on Google Chrome.